If you need further evidence that 2011 is the “Year of the iPad” and not the “Year of the Tablet,” take a gander at Best Buy, who reportedly ordered up 270,000 HP TouchPad tablets and has only found homes for 25,000 of them -- not good news for HP, who is announcing quarterly earnings on Wednesday.
Apple has cancelled pending orders for a new iPad that was to be released this fall because of issues with the Retina display, according to the latest rumors.
Apparently, Apple planned to produce a new version of this new iPad, with Retina display, during the second half of this year; allegedly almost 2 million units were slated for the the third quarter and up to 6 million units were scheduled for the the fourth quarter. Those rumored orders, however, are now rumored to be cancelled.
Shuffler.fm got a huge update today, and the iPad app for the music discovery service is not far behind.
Shuffler pulls from a curated list of music blogs, categorized using Last.fm's API, and then organizes the music accordingly. Users go to Shuffler's website and pick a musical genre, and Shuffler plays corresponding music from around the globe. With today's update, users can now play mixes of their favorite blogs, browse the most popular songs and artists across the web, create personal channels, and more.
Starbucks has been offering customers free songs from iTunes each week since April 2008. Usually right next to the cash register is a stack of cards with "Pick of the Week" printed on the front and a unique code printed on the back. Grab a card with your coffee, type the code into iTunes, and start downloading a free song. It's a cool thing.
Well, the coffee giant has just sweetened the deal.
Shopaholics, Google hasn't forgotten about you. Now you can flip through all of the latest catalogs from your favorite retailers straight from your iPad. Stores like Anthropologie, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Sephore and Williams-Sonoma have made their catalogs readily and virtually available for impulse shopping.
New reports are in that a large Apple store has installed some 4G LTE equipment. According to the rumor, the LTE equipment was recently installed by AT&T.
The rumor also suggests that all Apple stores "in the region" are now hiring with a goal to increase sales staff by 30 percent immediately; this alleged hiring spree would be in addition to the normal seasonal hiring that occurs toward the end of the year.
If you frequently find yourself pasting the same text over and over again on the Mac, you’ve no doubt discovered Smile Software’s TextExpander, a handy utility that promises to save keystrokes -- and now, the accompanying iOS version just got even handier with a host of new features.
If you happen to be in the market for a new automobile, don’t be surprised if the salesman whips out an iPad in an effort to answer your questions next time. That’s the latest nationwide effort from automaker Mazda, who is using a specialized iPad app to help push cars out the door.
According to a report from Kotaku, humans are not the only ones fascinated with the iPad. Scott Engel, the iPad Enrichment Coordinator at the Milwaukee County Zoo, leads a program that gives orangutans some weekly screen time with the iPad.
New findings suggest that iOS 5 will include a voice navigation system called "Assistant". This possible app could tap into a user’s address book, email, calendars, phone application, and possibly be able to open links. Apple is apparently partnering with one or two software developers that have had success building these types of applications.
Assistant could be built on the Siri platform. Or, perhaps the Nuance platform. Or, according to this report, both.